Weekly Devotionals

Devotional February 7, 2016

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 09:30

Week of February 7, 2016

                                              This week let us awaken to the beauty and joy of God.

 

Monday: The Transfiguration of Jesus awakens us to the glory of God. Jesus is not just our moral example; he also reveals to us the awesome splendor of God.

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Devotional January 31, 2016

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 09:30

Week of January 31, 2016

We are thankful!  Awaken to the goodness of God.

 

Monday: Jesus speaks to his disciples about the need to focus on the goodness of God.

Read Matthew 6: 25-29  

Questions for Reflection and Application

Take a fearless inventory about how much time you spend each day concerned about meeting your basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. What is your primary concern?

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Devotional January 24, 2016

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 09:30

Week of January 24, 2016

God is here!  Awaken to the presence of God.

 

Monday: Moses awakens to God in the burning bush as he goes about an ordinary day.

Read Exodus 3:1-12

Questions for Reflection and Application

 If it is at the beginning of the day, where might you expect to encounter God through your ordinary activities?  If it is at the end or middle of the day, where or when have you encountered God through your ordinary activities today?

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Devotional January 17, 2016

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 09:30

Week of January 17, 2016

Monday: Jesus turns the water used for the rites of purification into wine revealing that he is the one who purifies and brings true life.

Read John 2:1-11    

Questions for Reflection and Application

What area of your life seems like stale water in an old jar?  How could Jesus renew that?

How might you advance the renewal of our church?

Prayer Focus

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Devotional January 10, 2016

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 09:30

Week of January 10, 2016

The baptism of Jesus and related texts reveal to us the necessity of Water, Spirit and Fire in our lives.

 

Monday: Jesus is baptized by John. Jesus comes to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Read Luke 3:15-22

Questions for Reflection and Application

What does it mean to be baptized with the Holy Spirit?  What does it mean to be baptized with fire?  How would you characterize your baptism?

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Devotional December 6, 2015

Sun, 12/06/2015 - 09:30

Week of December 6, 2015

The word Advent comes from the Latin verb advenire, which means "to come toward, to draw near, to approach." During Advent, we remember and celebrate God's drawing near to us in Jesus Christ to bring us a deeper sense of love, hope, joy, peace and grace.  This second week of Advent we focus on deepening hope.

 

Monday: John the Baptist breathes new life into a passage from Isaiah with which the crowd would have already been familiar. Try to hear these well-known words anew.

Read Luke 3: 4-6

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Devotional November 29, 2015

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 09:30

Week of November 29, 2015

The word Advent comes from the Latin verb advenire, which means "to come toward, to draw near, to approach." During Advent, we remember and celebrate God's drawing near to us in Jesus Christ bring us a deeper sense of love, hope, joy, peace and grace.  This first week of Advent we focus on deepening love.

 

Monday: Paul gives thanks for the Thessalonians and yearns to see them face to face.  He prays that they might “abound in love.”  May we deepen love in our lives this Advent.

Read 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

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Devotional November 22, 2015

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 09:30

Monday:  Each week during our new series you will be invited to get into a rhythm of loving and serving our city.  Today’s reading gives us insight into the mind of Jesus for the city.  We seek the mind of Jesus as we consider and critique our economic community.

Read Acts 17: 16-17

Questions for Reflection and Application

If Paul was waiting for Silas and Timothy in Santa Rosa, what would distress him about our city?

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Devotional November 8, 2015

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 09:30

Week of November 8, 2015

Continue to practice the rhythm of loving and serving the city.  So far we have focused on the nurturing, social and political communities as well as the natural world of our city.  This week we focus on loving and serving the world community.

 

Monday: Jeremiah writes to the exiles in Babylon telling them to make homes there and pray for the welfare of the city of their captors.

 

Read Jeremiah 29:1-14

Questions for Reflection and Application

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Devotional November 1, 2015

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 09:30

Week of November 1, 2015

Continue to practice the rhythm of loving and serving the city.  So far we have focused on the nurturing, social and political communities of our city.  This week we focus on loving and serving the natural world.

 

Monday: Job faces great loss, and after receiving counsel from his friends, Job questions God. In Chapter 38, God responds:

Read Job 38: 1-11

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